How Dental Implants Prevent Facial Sagging

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When one of our patients loses a tooth, they typically visit our dentist if the missing tooth left a noticeable empty space in their smile. Otherwise, many patients incorrectly believe there is no harm if an unseen tooth falls out.

Numerous unseen things are happening under your gum line that makes losing a tooth more than a cosmetic problem. The roots of your teeth stimulate nerves in the sockets which send signals to your brain. Once the brain gets the signal, it supplies the area with necessary nutrients. However, when you lose a tooth, the lack of nerve stimulation makes your brain believe the area is dead and no nutrients arrive. After a period of time, you start to lose bone in your jaw. Once enough time passes, your face begins to sag because there are no bone structures to support the skin. Eventually, you develop a sunken face and the tooth loss that seemed insignificant matters a great deal.

When our dental implants dentist in Huntington Beach places a dental implant, a small titanium rod fills the space that held the root of the tooth. The rod’s presence stimulates the nerves in the socket, and the brain believes the area needs nutrients again. As time goes on, the titanium rod fuses to the jaw through a process called osseointegration. The body continues to supply necessary nutrients to the area with the dental implant, and this prevents bone loss.

As the area around the missing tooth is no longer at risk for bone loss because of the placement of the dental implant, you are not going to experience any facial sagging or sinking because the skin has supportive structure to hold it in its place. An added benefit to the dental implant is that you will be able to efficiently chew your food and eat nutritious fruits and vegetables that were difficult to eat while missing a tooth.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to know more about dental implants, feel free to contact our office. Our staff will arrange a no-obligation consultation so you can explore your implant options.

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How Are Crowns Made?

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Dental crowns are a common treatment many of our patients need at one time or another. Crowns are an excellent way to improve the structure and the look of a tooth while protecting the delicate root beneath.

Aside from necessitating multiple visits for treatment, the thing our patients say is the biggest drawback about getting crowns is the time spent waiting on the new crown to arrive from the dental lab so the temporary crown can go.

This is why our cosmetic dentist is pleased to offer one visit crowns. These crowns are every bit as well made and aesthetically pleasing as the crowns made in the offsite dental lab. However, because of advances in Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), you only need a single office visit.

The same day crowns made in our office, allow our dentist to cultivate perfection in one visit. A machine designs the crown based on schematics received from the scans our dentist takes of the tooth that needs repair. After completing the design, a milling machine uses the information to carve your crown from a single piece of porcelain.

The procedure for getting a crown made on the same day is not much different than the traditional method of getting a crown.
You start out with an examination and general health questions. The process for one visit crowns is quite straightforward.

• Anesthetize the area around the tooth
• Carefully clear away any decaying tissue
• Re-shape the remainder of the healthy tooth, so the crown fits
• Use a special device to create a digital impression of your tooth. This will be the basis for the crown design
• Send the information to our in-house lab technician who creates your crown from a single block of porcelain
• Test the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments
• Secure your new crown in place
• Smooth and polish your crown

Patients love having their crown complete in a single office visit. If you would like more information about our same day dentistry, please call our office.

Can Sleep Apnea Affect Your Health?

Our patients are often surprised to learn that the sleep apnea patient’s dentist initially discovers the majority of sleep apnea cases. So many of the early signs of the disorder show up in the mouth; it is difficult for a trained professional not to notice something is not right. Our dentist in Huntington Beach is well aquatinted with the sleep apnea indicators and is certain to check for any tell-tale signs of sleep apnea.

An important fact that many people do not realize is sleep apnea is a significant health problem. Over 10-million people experience some form of sleep apnea. Many of those who have the disorder experience a mild case, but there are tens of thousands of sleep apnea patients who struggle with other significant health problems linked to sleep apnea.

Our sleep apnea dentist is quick to point out that sleep apnea is much more than an inconvenient series of nights filled with loud snoring. Sleep Apnea has links to major health problems. Some of these health problems include:

• Heart Disease- The cycle of frequent waking after you stop breathing, puts tremendous stress on the cardiovascular system. The body has a difficult time trying to adjust to continual drops in blood oxygen levels. As a result, patients with sleep apnea are likely to experience irregular heartbeats or heart attacks.

• High Blood Pressure- When the body senses the brain, and other organs are not getting enough oxygen (because of the poorly oxygenated blood) hormones secrete to raise the blood pressure, with the hope of getting more oxygen.

• Obesity- Lack of deep sleep that accompanies sleep apnea leads the body to release a hormone called ghrelin. It is also known as the hunger hormone. When the hormone pairs with the constant fatigue seen in sleep apnea patients, the patient is prone to overeating and eventually obesity.

• Mood and Cognition Disturbances- Lack of sleep disrupts the natural patterns of sleep the human body needs to think clearly. Additionally, depressed mood is a frequent problem seen in sleep apnea patients.

If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, please tell our dentist right away. We have various options to help end your sleep apnea problems for good.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

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Our patients frequently ask about dental implants and what is necessary to get implants. The process behind this very popular dental procedure is not complicated. However, it does require healing time between the steps of the treatment.

The first step in getting dental implants is to consult with our Huntington Beach dentist. After examining your teeth and gums, our dentist will decide if you are healthy enough for implants.

On the day of your procedure, phase one of your implants begins. Our dental implants dentist and other staff members will be on hand to help you through the process.

• We will start with a local anesthetic to numb the agrea, and then our dentist cleans and prepares the area. If you are unusually nervous or upset about this procedure, please tell our dentist. There are types of dental sedation to help you relax during the surgery. These are safe, easy to control and will not leave you impaired.

• Next, our dentist places a small screw, typically titanium, into your tooth’s empty socket. If necessary, our dentist will also anchor the implanted screw into place with several dissolvable stitches. Our dentist repeats the process until all empty sockets hold a titanium screw.

• It is important that you observe careful dental hygiene. It is necessary to keep the implant area clean as you wait for the screw to fuse with your jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, is the body accepting the implanted screw. All patients heal at different rates, so our dentist cannot predict precisely how long this process will take.

• Once your incision heals, the next step is for our dentist to attach a small abutment on the screw. Our dentist places a porcelain crown on top of the abutment, and the implant process is complete. Your new tooth blends well with the other teeth and feels natural.

If you think you might benefit from dental implants, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.

What Tooth Pain Means

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Do you suffer from tooth pain, but you are not quite sure what it could mean? Here you can read about the most common types of tooth pain to best guide you with your future appointment with our Huntington Beach office.
If you frequently feel intermittent sharp jabbing sensations each time you eat or drink something, or each time you open and close your mouth, then this is usually a big indicator to a possible crack, cavity, or an abscess.
If every time your mouth and teeth are exposed to an extreme change in temperature, such as eating ice cream or drinking a hot cup of coffee, you feel a sharp tooth pain, this can also be another indicator to a crack in the tooth or multiple teeth as well as possible cavities.

 

Dull nagging tooth pain is the most common type of toothache. Though usually this type of pain is mild, it is deep and persistent. This is a general indicator of nerve damage or a rotting tooth. This is commonly seen in individuals who grind their teeth.

 

The main indicator for tooth abscesses is feeling extreme throbbing pains. Abscesses are pockets of infection below or to the side of the tooth. Essentially, it is like a cyst in your mouth. Abscesses require antibiotic treatments and a surgical treatment to be removed. Therefore, if you suspect you have a tooth abscess please contact our dentist as soon as possible.
If you only feel pain while eating, then that is a big indicator of tooth decay or a tooth fracture. The pain can usually be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Regardless of what kind of tooth pain you are suffering from, it is never a good thing to have. Your mouth should never hurt, so when it does make an appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach as soon as possible.

 

How To Know if You Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea affects an estimated twenty million American adults. As many as four out of five people might not be diagnosed, leaving them at risk for serious health problems, ranging from weight gain and fatigue to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is treatable, but it must first be diagnosed.

Signs that could indicate that you have OSA include:

• Loud, chronic snoring, which might be punctuated with pauses in breathing and choking, or gasping sounds as breathing begins again
• Fatigue, daytime sleepiness or difficulty waking in the morning, which occurs because your brain must partially awaken each time your breathing stops in order to reopen your airway
• Waking with a headache, which occurs due to low oxygen levels, widening of the blood vessels, and vascular headaches
• High blood pressure, which is linked to the strain on the cardiovascular system
• Moodiness, irritability, and depression, which occur as a result of sleep deprivation

If you have symptoms of OSA, you need to contact our office to schedule an evaluation. During this evaluation, we will perform a physical exam, and take your family and medical history. We might also recommend a sleep study, which will measure various vital signs during sleep. The results will provide more information and help us make an accurate diagnosis. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach.

When are Porcelain Veneers the Best Option?

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Porcelain veneers are a great treatment option for those who want an effective cosmetic treatment for their smiles. Our Huntington Beach cosmetic dentist can help you decide if they are right for you.

These wafer-thin porcelain sheets are carefully crafted to fit over the natural tooth. Their custom nature allows them to be used to correct many types of flaws. They might be the best option for you if you have:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
  • Gapped or crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small teeth

For the best results, your teeth should be healthy, free of decay, and free of gum disease. Your bite should be properly aligned, and you should not suffer from bruxism. Your teeth also need to be dense enough to support the dental veneers.

Veneers can typically be placed in two or three dental appointments. We will work closely with you to design the shape, color, and overall look of your new smile. Next, we will prepare your teeth by shaping them so that the veneers can fit comfortably. Finally, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. Call our veneers dentist in Huntington Beach today to learn more about how dental veneers can transform your smile, or to schedule your consultation.